Construction curbs hold up drain work, may not be ready by next monsoon

  • | Saturday | 18th November, 2023

Gurgaon: The renovation of the stormwater drain of Leg 1 is likely to get further delayed due to ongoing restrictions on construction activities under Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) enforced by CAQM after the air quality started deteriorating in Delhi-NCR.With uncertainty looming large over the project due to construction ban, the work may not be completed by the next monsoon.So far, 35% work has been completed at the site, officials said on Friday.Conceptualised in October 2021, GMDA started renovation of the 1.5km portion of the drain between Rezang La Chowk and railway culvert 47 near Palam Vihar this January, with an initial deadline of July 11.The project has already missed its July deadline due to erratic rainfall, delay in shifting of electricity cable, encroachment. An official said, We had deployed additional manpower at three sites at a time to recover the time lost during monsoon. But whatever pace we have achieved, it has halted now due to the construction ban, the official said.We also published the following articles recentlyDelhi Air Pollution: Construction ban to delay infra projectsThe ban on construction activities due to air pollution in Delhi is likely to cause delays in several public infrastructure projects. Around 30 projects of the Public Works Department, including flyovers, hospitals, and underpasses, are affected. Deadlines for completion have been extended, causing inconvenience to motorists. Projects such as the Barapullah Phase II and the Pragati Maidan underpass No 5 are unlikely to meet their current deadlines. The construction of the Punjabi Bagh flyover and the tallest hospital building in Delhi may also be delayed until next year.Construction activities rampant despite curbsUnabated construction activities are continuing in some sectors of Gurgaon, despite the implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) norms. Construction material is left uncovered, contributing to dust pollution. Both the Haryana Shahri Vikas Parishad (HSVP) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) have failed to effectively enforce the ban on construction activities. Violations of GRAP norms have been reported in several sectors, with construction work and building materials left exposed. The authorities have the power to issue fines and penalties but have not taken sufficient action. The violation of rules is also apparent in road construction work, with workers failing to take measures to control dust. The lack of enforcement by government departments sets a bad example for the public. Neither the HSVP nor the MCG has appointed a dedicated official or helpline to address GRAP violations. The MCG has issued a total of 195 fines worth Rs 23 lakh for GRAP violations, with the highest number of fines issued to construction sites.Key drain network to tackle flooding by 2025: GMDAThe Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is set to begin work on a master drain to channelize stormwater to the Najafgarh drain. This project aims to prevent flooding of agricultural land along the drain. The first phase will involve constructing a 550m portion of the master drain, with completion expected by mid-2025. The GMDA is also planning to construct the remaining portion of the drain in subsequent phases. Currently, there are three master drains in Gurgaon that carry rainwater to the Najafgarh drain.

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